New cohort of 11 Nadella Scholars announced

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Anu and Satya Nadella’s Fund for Diversity in Tech Education at UWM is helping more Milwaukee high school graduates get a college degree in data and computer science.

UWM has named a third cohort of full-ride scholarship winners who are funded through a gift from UWM alumnus and Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella (’90 MS computer science) and his wife, Anu Nadella.

Eleven students were chosen for 2024 from eight Milwaukee high schools, all majoring in computer science or computer engineering.

With the new group, the College now has 23 recipients of the scholarship at the freshman, sophomore and junior levels for this fall.

Recipient Sheldon Clarke expressed a common sentiment among the members of the group.

“With this scholarship, I’ll be able to focus on my career goals without worrying about money, which is truly a blessing and an honor that I couldn’t be more thankful for,” said Clarke, who graduated from Carmen High School, northwest.

The Anu and Satya Nadella Scholarship is specifically for students who graduate from Milwaukee high schools and intend to study computer science, computer engineering, data science, or information studies. Each scholarship provides financial and academic support and room and board for up to five years.

Each scholarship recipient is assigned a dedicated success coach, an academic advisor and a peer mentor, and is provided additional tutoring and support opportunities to lead to successful student outcomes. The inaugural cohort began in Fall 2022.

The Nadellas’ $2 million gift supports the Fund for Diversity in Tech Education at UWM, which helps the university attract, retain and graduate students from marginalized communities, preparing them with the skills needed to pursue high-tech careers.